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WILLIAMCARTERThe following research was completed by the Great Nephew of William Carter, Nigel Moss – thank you for sharing his story.

William Carter was born in Bolton 1891 at 19 Reservoir St to Robert and Susannah Carter. He attended St Marks church school and played for their football team in the Bolton amateur football league. He worked as a ‘side Piecer’ in a local cotton mill, a skilled job assisting the spinner, he would have worked a 6 day week in hot and dusty conditions.

With the outbreak of war William enlisted as part of the call to arms by Secretary for war Earl Kitchener. He was attached to the 7th battalion, Loyal North Lancs Regiment. William undertook his training at Tidworth as a machine gunner, operating a Lewis machine gun.

On the 03/05/15 William whilst home on leave married his sweetheart Margaret Ann Brown at St Marks Church.

On the 06/07/15 the battalion was mobilised and landed in France on 17/06/1915. As part of 56th brigade, 19th(western) division, K2 army group.

The battalion saw action at Loos in September 1915 but its first serious engagement came on the 03/07/16 in the first battle of the Somme.

The battalion war diary records :-


3am. Moved up to Tara Usna line , on right of the Albert/Pozieres road. Remained there till 9.30pm. Sent up to the old British front line without guides or any instructions except to act as support to who were in old front German trench.

04/07/16 – La-Boiselle

1am.  Arrived in this line. Trench very knocked about and full of dead, busy buying dead and getting trench in xxxx until daylight.

8am.  Fighting started.

8.30am.  Sent back for our Batt’n bombers. Later the Lewis gunners went up. 2 coys went up at intervals during the morning to help. Heavy bombing in village of La-Boiselle. Lieut Hughes did very well with Lewis guns. Lieut Milbourne and the bombing sergeant both killed. Towards dusk it became quieter.

10pm.  Our line heavily shelled. About 40-50 prisoners came through our line.

William Carter is recorded as Killed in Action aged 24 on 04/07/16. He has no known grave and is commemorated at the Thiepval monument.

The following is an extract from the ‘Bolton Journal  dated 28/07/16;

A cry went up for machine gunners’ writes Pte Jim Hatton, ‘and William being a company gunner, went nobly forward to his duty, but unfortunately met his death’.

Rank: Private
Service No: 15025
Date of Death: 04/07/1916
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 7th Bn.

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2 Responses to 15025 PTE. W. CARTER. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Shelagh Stobbs says:

    I am the granddaughter of William Carter. How can I get in touch with Nigel Moss?

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